A MAZE. / Berlin 2017

6th International Independent Videogames and Playful Media Festival - April 26 - 29, 2017


A MAZE. / Berlin brings together international independent game developers, digital creatives and game enthusiast in Berlin. A MAZE. / Berlin is also a public festival with an mind-blowing music lineup, an hand selected exhibition of videogames, virtual reality experiences and interactive installations.

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A MAZE. / Berlin is an unique and cultural investigating international platform for games and playful media that invites professionals and creatives from various fields to exchange their knowledge and visions, presenting their projects, playing, making contacts to collaborate on future projects.
A MAZE. / Berlin represents games beyond the mainstream and celebrates the art-form and not the product.


Expect three days of inspiration, skill, celebration and play at one of the most influencial game festivals in Europe. More info about ticket categories: Festival ticket shop (via Eventbrite).

Exhibition and concert/party tickets will only be available for purchase on-site during the festival!

Got any questions? Contact us via email ticket@amaze-festival.de.

A MAZE. Awards - 25 games will compete in 5 categories

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Game for 2017!

Since 2012 A MAZE. awards The Most Amazing Game. The winner is selected by an interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury. 2014 A MAZE. extended the award to three categories and the audience award. 2015 we’ve introduced our fourth category the "Other Dimensions Award” which is dedicated to play in virtual reality.

Now in respect of the forward-thinking and game changing development of the creators some of the 2012 award conditions and categories are not legit anymore. We've decided to adapt on the exciting movement and made some extension: The categories are: “Most Amazing Game Award”, “Human Human Machine Award”, “Long Feature Award”, “Digital Moment Award”, “Collider Award” and “Audience Award”.

Talks, Workshops

Interaction is not only about presentation but also about sharing, learning, and exchanging: Invited artists will teach best practices in technology and creativity for artistic and media practices. Focusing on the convergence of digital art, experimentations and games, the talks and workshops provide the artists and developers the opportunity to present projects, artists philosophies as well as discuss and reflect upon them with audience members.

In extention to the independent videogame conference (Apr 27/ 26) we like to add more value to our program. The "Other Realities Conference" is focussing on artistic and interdisciplinary productions in virtual reality and augmented reality. Different realities and art-forms are colliding, bringing up new possibilities, forming content and artistic expression. As the medium is still unexplored it is fascinating how creators build on the discoveries they make within this new form. The "Other Realities Conference“ is programmed in cooperation with Fabbula.


  • Press conference (Apr 26)
  • Welcome and official festival opening (Apr 26)
  • 2 days of Independent Videogames Conference (Apr 27/28)
  • 1 day of Other Realities Conference (Apr 29)
  • Workshops, according to spots availability (Apr 27/28/29)
  • A MAZE. Awards 2017 (April 28)
  • Games and VR Exhibitions (Apr 26/27/28/29)
  • Music and AV live performances, parties, screening....(Apr 26/27/28/29)
  • Berlin Mini Jam

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A MAZE. Exhibition

Artistic and experimental games are often off the mainstream and allow for different experiences with forward-thinking and playful views, often not for entertainment only. Technology is used as playground for artistic expression and innovative interaction with audiences interested in critical reflection and meaningful interaction. Discover virtual reality experiences, local multiplayer games, interactive installations and many more of this versatile art-form.

A MAZE. International Co-/ Production Village

Already started in 2015 with small huts, 2016 A MAZE. will stage a village where different countries are able to display a small selection of the very best of independent games and alternative games of their country. It will be a world showcase, an international market with the intention of enable co-productions throughout with the support of public funds. National and international funding institutions, but also game labels, distribution platforms and publishers are invited to play and meet the developers of upcoming unique and experimental projects.

Safe Space Policy

A MAZE. / Berlin is dedicated to providing a harassment-free social experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or game preferences. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the festival at the discretion of the organisers.

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Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or games, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the festival with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of festival staff immediately.

The festival staff will be happy to help participants contact security or police, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all our venues and social events.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers:
geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/ Conference_anti-harassment/Policy


About A MAZE.

A MAZE. established since 2008 is an international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. Our portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, game showcases, game jams, artist in residence programmes and a magazine.

A MAZE. interacts with their events in different creative scenes including Johannesburg/ South Africa, Rijeka/ Croatia, Cluj/ Romania, Ramallah/ Palastine, Moscow/ Russia, Abu Dhabi/ UE, Kharkiv/ Ukraine and Berlin/ Germany. A MAZE. / Berlin in April and A MAZE. / Johannesburg in September are the annual festivals that highlights games beyond the mainstream.

Brunnenstr. 153
10115 Berlin

HBR 141938 B Berlin-Charlottenburg

Steuernummer 30/206/31862
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Founder and CEO:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Press contact:



Artistic director:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Director's assistance:
Merle Leufgen

Program manager:
Lorenzo Pilia

Co-Curator Other Realities Day:
Fabien Siouffi

Award coordinator:
Matthias Löwe

Exhibition coordinator:
Miguel Alvarez

Workshop coordinator:
Sebastian Uribe

Guest Management:
Svenja Anhut

Volunteers coordination:
Iwan Gabovitch, Luca Lombardo

Open screen coordinator:
Philipp Schäfer

PR + Press:
Nike Wilhelms

Project coordination/ Facilitator:
Marie LeBlanc Flanagan

Co-/ Production Village coordinator:
Adam Streck

Florian Stolzenhain

FUK Graphic Design Studio

Partners / Sponsors

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Funded by

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

Ticketing Partner


Part of

International Games Week Berlin

Partner Events / International Games Week Berlin

Quo Vadis Gamefest


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